AirAsia Group Accounts For 42pc Of Seat Capacity At Penang Airport

17th Sep 2014

​Recent data showed that the three airlines under the budget giant, AirAsia, operate the most flights to and from Penang International Airport, providing about 42% of the total seat capacity.

The three airlines under the AirAsia Group currently operating at the airport include Indonesia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia, and its flagship unit, AirAsia.

Malaysia Airlines and its full-service subsidiary, Firefly, provide the second highest seat capacity contributing about 25%.

The Lion Air Group, on the other hand, comes in third providing 13% of the total seat capacity at the airport. The group consists of the flagship unit, Jakarta-based Lion Air and its Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air.

There are currently 16 airlines operating at the airport providing scheduled services to most major points across Malaysia and regional destinations across Southeast and East Asia.

Taiwan's flag carrier, China Airlines, operates the longest route from Penang, covering a distance of over 3,100 kilometers to Taipei. China Southern Airlines operates the second longest route from Penang to Guangzhou in mainland China covering a distance of 2,414 kilometers.

Three airlines used to operate at Penang International Airport: Berjaya Air, Cathay Pacific Airways and Garuda Indonesia.

Berjaya Air used to operate a direct service to Kuala Lumpur, but suspended its operations in March this year. Cathay Pacific Airways turned over its slot between Penang and Hong Kong to Dragon Air, a wholly-owned full-service subsidiary. Indonesia's flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, used to operate the Penang-Medan route.

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